Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Sorry...

... but it appears we have more cat pictures...



As you can see, Riff REALLY likes the new carpet we just bought for the living room. (Actually, we bought it several weeks ago... but it was finally delivered yesterday.)

It does look rather comfy...

I really did just want to get some pictures of the new carpet, but Riff pretty much camped out on it as soon as it was on the floor. But hey, he's such a photogenic little guy. Plus, I know Faisal is slightly freaked out by him, which I find amusing. Not that I can totally blame him... Riff can be a bit disconcerting. Like when I wake up in the middle of the night and see him on my nightstand, sitting patiently, staring at me. (Why does he DO that??) And when he shoots lasers from his eyes:


And when he sleeps in THIS bizarre position:

(How is that comfortable???)

But really, Riff has much more to fear from Faisal than vice versa... I mean, Riff has never threatened to EAT Faisal... (or HAS he? Mwahahahahaha... :))

Anyway... I like the new carpet except for one thing: the "new carpet" chemical smell. It started bothering me last night, to the point that I actually sort of felt a bit nauseous. And this morning I woke up with a huge headache, which has, so far, failed to disappear... I've decided to blame the carpet (although I suppose it COULD be a weather-related headache). I've opened the door of our balcony and turned on the ceiling fan, hoping I can air out the condo and convince the odoriferous carpet to be a good little accent piece and stop making me (almost literally) sick. The funny thing is, Rick can't smell anything at all -- and he usually has a much more sensitive nose. And Riff obviously doesn't care, either...

But I believe I'll find some excuses to leave the house today so I can get away from this new carpet smell and immerse myself into the fresh air of downtown Chicago... hey, it's not ALL car exhaust and sewer drains... :)

8 comments:

Mom said...

Great pictures! Does Piva ever make an appearance? :-)

See you soon.

Love, Mom

Lisa said...

I was actually thinking when I posted this, "poor Piva hasn't had any pictures on the blog in a while..." :) Riff just happens to be the crazier of the two, so he seems to provide me with more photo ops. :)

Aunt Carol said...

Yummm...Formaldehyde.

They do make carpets that are low VOC (volatile organic compounds), or "eco-friendly" which have very little out gassing of chemicals. We have a traveling carpet salesman in the area that sells only the green label carpets and he brings samples to your house.

Watch your kitties, because they may have problems too since their noses are so much closer to the carpet.

Lisa said...

I wondered about that, because Riff has been rolling around on the thing since we got it... but so far, he seems okay.

I think the lovely scent is beginning to dissipate, but I can't imagine it's a GOOD thing to be breathing in this new carpet smell. Next time I buy one, I'll definitely be looking for a low VOC option! :)

G said...

I feel the spirit of Homer Simpson channeling through my fingertips:

"Ooooooooh, new carpet...ahhhh!"

Cat photos are kewl. They are the ultimate substitute when you can't think of anything to say.

BTW, I kid you not, my word verify is "tramping".

Mom said...

I'm not sure what you're smelling; but if it makes you feel better, it is not formaldehyde. That hasn't been used in carpeting in about 30 years. I'm not sure what they use now, but at least you know it's not that.

Lisa said...

George -- LOL!! I feel I should refer back to the "corn" discussion on FB... I'm sure there's a way to tie the two together... :)

Mom -- Not sure what it is, but it does seem to be fading now. Either that, or I'm just getting really used to it (but I think it really is fading away... :)).

LL Cool Joe said...

These shots are priceless! Very cute cat.

Nice carpet too, although Brits call that a rug. :)